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    Default Predator!

    These guys are pretty amazing. It isn’t uncommon to see one with a honey bee…but, in this case it is a yellow jacket.


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    Nice picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EastSideBuzz View Post
    Nice picture.
    Thanks. I used to think the idea of putting a camera in a cell phone was ridiculous. But now appreciate the wisdom of it. Now...when I see something to catch....the camera is in my pocket instead of its case at home.
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    What kind of bug is that?
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    Looks like an assassin bug. There are many different kinds.
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    Yep, one of the many varieties of assassin bugs. Most are very timid and the moment you approach they will push the prey off of their proboscus and hide. But not this one! He/she ignored me while I took a dozen photos....and was still sucking yellow jacket juice when I walked away.
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    That flower is covered in yellow jackets! What kind of flower is that?

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    I take it they harpoon their prey? Or grab it and then stick it?

    Interesting bug!
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    Quote Originally Posted by robo mantis View Post
    That flower is covered in yellow jackets! What kind of flower is that?
    It is a camellia. It is also usually covered with honey bees but when I took the pic it was still a little cool for them to begin foraging.
    They also like Japanese beetles....

    Quote Originally Posted by BeeGhost View Post
    I take it they harpoon their prey? Or grab it and then stick it?
    My understanding is that they harpoon it. They secrete an anesthetic compound at the tip of their proboscis so that their prey don’t know they’ve been stuck. Then, as they suck out the juices the target gets weak and, of course, dies.

    In the southernmost parts of the US as well as in South America there are some that will stick sleeping people and they can spread chagas disease. A very serious illness that can cause lifelong complications and even death.
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